Oil Pulling Can Improve WAY More Than Just Your Smile
If you’re ready to learn a simple way to improve the health of your entire body, then this blog is for you!
The health practice known as “oil pulling” takes just a few minutes, costs about a dime a day and requires only one product – something I bet you already have in your pantry!
I’ll explain how it creates such a positive ripple effect on your well being and of course tell you exactly how to do it.
What is Oil Pulling?
Originating from Ayurvedic medicine, oil pulling is a method of cleansing your mouth, which in turn improves your overall health.
Ayurveda is a system of healing that developed thousands of years ago, but oil pulling has only gained popularity in western countries in the last couple decades.
The Link Between Oral Hygiene & Overall Health
Even worse, I know poor oral hygiene can have devastating effects on my entire body. In fact, it’s linked to many diseases, such as:
- Heart disease: the same plaque bacteria in mouth has been found in arteries
- Dementia: gum infections release compounds that kill brain cells
- Respiratory infections: bacteria gets inhaled or travels through blood into lungs
- Diabetes: diabetics are far more likely to develop infection
- Pregnancy complications: hormonal changes increase susceptibility to infections, which can cause low birthweight or premature babies
- Infertility: especially in women
- Erectile dysfunction: bacteria tend to create blood vessel inflammation
- Cancer: many forms of cancer are linked to gum disease
- Kidney disease: infections in the body can lead to kidney disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis: you’re 4x more likely to have RA (rheumatoid arthritis) if you have gum disease
So, now you can see why taking care of your oral health should be a top priority!
Benefits of Oil Pulling
The importance of brushing and flossing after meals and getting dental checkups is common knowledge, but when you add oil pulling to your routine, you’ll really impress your dentist!
Oil pulling helps:
- inhibit plaque
- prevent cavities
- decrease oral microbial count
- reduce gingivitis
- kill bad breath
- whiten teeth
Your dental hygiene routine will be complete when you add this simple, yet effective practice. Remember, excellent oral health reduces your risk for diseases and health conditions seemingly unrelated to your mouth.
How to Oil Pull Your Way to Better Health
Add oil pulling to your routine once a day – right before you brush your teeth. I like to do it first thing in the morning, but the time really doesn’t matter.
1) Choosing an oil
I highly recommend using coconut oil – unless, of course, you have an allergy to coconuts. If that is the case, I suggest using olive oil instead. Some people use sesame oil, but I don’t recommend it since it’s a cross-reactor with gluten. This means that it can cause the same harmful immune response in the body that gluten does. Since so many people have a gluten allergy or sensitivity, it’s just best to steer clear of sesame oil.
The world of oils can be confusing to navigate. Check out my video/blog on which oils are good for you and which ones to avoid.
2) Melt oil in your mouth
Measure about a tablespoon and let it melt in your mouth.
3) Swish the oil around (like mouthwash)
Do this for at least 10 minutes (up to 20 if you can) to get the oil into all the crevices between your gums and teeth. This encourages bacteria to lift and dissolve into the liquid oil.
4) Spit oil out
After pulling it through your mouth, the oil will be full of microbes and toxins that you don’t want in your body. Spit it out into a trash can so it won’t clog up sink pipes. Never swallow the oil!
More Oil Pulling Tips
I believe this new daily habit is easy to adopt because it’s simple, inexpensive and not time consuming. You can make the 10 minutes of oil pulling fly by if you tidy up your bathroom or fold laundry while doing it! You can even shower when oil pulling!
The hardest part is remembering to do it. Remind yourself by keeping a jar of coconut oil in your bathroom right next to your toothbrush and toothpaste. I like organic unrefined coconut oil but if you prefer to skip the coconut taste, go for unrefined.
Enjoy showing off your improved smile and please share this health boosting habit with others!
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